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Adam and Eve (1) : Adam and Eve are set in a Garden of carefree delight, but the Snake swears they are victims of a cruel deception.
Adam and Eve
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Based on Genesis 2-3, and ‘An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith’, Book II Chapter 11 by St John Damascene.

Early in the 6th century BC, the leaders of Jerusalem were forced out of their land and scattered across the Near East, as a punishment (they said) for ignoring God’s laws. It was then that they wrote the story of Adam and Eve.

IN the beginning of Days, God spoke and said, ‘Let us make man in our image’. So he formed Adam out of the dust of the earth, and breathed life into him. He crowned Adam with such godlike virtues that he was only a little lower than the angels, and set him in Eden, a Garden of Delight.*

Seeing that Adam was lonely, God cast a sleep over him, and fashioned from one of his ribs a woman named Eve. Together they dwelt naked in Eden as stewards of his Creation, and only the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was forbidden to them, on pain of death.

But the artful snake whispered to them that God had forbidden the fruit of that Tree in jealousy, knowing they would become gods like him if they but tasted it.

So Eve picked the fruit, and with bated breath tasted it; and she handed some to Adam, and he too tasted it.

* St John Damascene states that it is free will and these virtues, not any physical or biological characteristics, that mean that Man (and Woman) is ‘in the image and likeness’ of God.

Based on Genesis 2-3, and ‘An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith’, Book II Chapter 11 by St John Damascene.

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